Deborah Gibson - Biography & Career
Deborah Ann Gibson was born in Brooklyn, USA. One of four girls born to Joseph and Diane Gibson. The Gibsons wanted to afford the opportunities to their children not presented to them while growing up. So among many other things they gave all of their children was classical music instruction. At the very early age of four it was obvious to family and friends just the type of music prodigy she was. It didn’t take much time for everyone she came in contact with to realize just the type of tremendous force they were encountering. Over the years the world became aware that Deborah had grown to be a multitalented influence in the entertainment industry.
The "Original Pop Princess" Deborah exploded on to the pop music scene at the age of 16. An entertainment prodigy, Deborah became the youngest person ever to write, produce, and perform the number one single, "Foolish Beat”, a record she holds to this day in the Guinness Book of World Records. Among Deborah’s many impressive career achievements include her album Electric Youth which soared to #1 on the pop charts and her #1 hit single "Lost In Your Eyes". Over the past decade and a half, Deborah has had many album releases to both critical, and popular success some of these include 1990's Anything is Possible, 1993's Body Mind Soul, 1995's Think With Your Heart, 1997's Deborah, and 2001's "M.Y.O.B.”, and her most recent release, 2003’s Colored Lights a collection of songs from various musicals. Deborah has sold over 16 million albums world wide.
In 1992 Deborah set her sights on the theater. She immediately landed the role "Eponine" in the Broadway Production of Les Miserables to rave reviews. Upon completion of her run on Broadway she turned to London's West End, breaking Box Office records in the London Production of "Grease" as Sandy. She returned to the U.S. to the national touring companies of Grease and Funny Girl as "Rizzo", and "Fanny Brice" respectively. Deborah triumphantly returned to the Broadway stage as ”Belle", in Beauty and The Beast, followed by the role of “the Narrator" in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, then taking the leading role in the Broadway production of Rogers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella".
Being incredibly versatile, in October 2002, Deborah again graced the stage as "Velma Kelly" in Chicago, the temptress of prison row showing the world a completely new side to Deborah. Her favorite and most ambitious role to date was "Sally Bowles" in the Tony Award Winning revival of Cabaret at Studio 54, “Deborah portrays Sally with Gritty Gusto, Verve, and Self Possessed Ease". (Billboard magazine). Certainly her most challenging, and vampish performance to date.
Most recently Deborah has been concentrating on television and composing. She was seen on Fox's “Skating With Celebrities” with Kurt Browning. She is also the composer and lyricist on two new musicals in pre-production for Broadway. "Skirts", written by Hillary Carlip and Katie Ford, and "The Flunky", written by Jimmy Van Patten. Deborah looks forward to seeing both productions on the Broadway stage in the near future. She is currently recording a new CD to be released soon.
Among Deborah’s many philanthropic activities, she founded the Pustizzi Alzheimer's foundation in honor of her late Grandfather Albert Pustizzi. Additionally, Deborah lends her tireless efforts to numerous children's charities including the T.J. Martell Foundation, the Make a Wish Foundation, Pediatric AIDS. Deborah often performs benefit concerts to raise both money and awareness for these and various other charitable organizations.